Merced city budget draft calls for 4.2% spending increase

jsmith@mercedsunstar.comMay 4, 2013 

The city of Merced recently posted its proposed budget for 2013-14. The budget calls for $32,589,752 in spending, a 4.2 percent increase over last year.

The budget predicts a 6 percent increase in sales taxes and a 5.2 percent increase in business license fees, but no increase in property taxes.

Measure C revenues are expected to total $6.2 million, an increase of 6.4 percent.

The City Council will hold budget review sessions at 6 p.m. on May 13, 14, 22 and 29 at the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.

The City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the budget June 3. The budget is scheduled for adoption June 17.

The proposed budget is available online at The "City Budget" link can be found on the right side of the home page.

Reporter Joshua Emerson Smith can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or

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